1. ff1337

    ff1337 Nov 14, 2017

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    Read the recent article on this site by Mr. Calibre 11 himself about the new Autavia, thank you it was well written btw. I’m noticing a trend though that it seems as though Tag Heuer even with “vintage inspired” pieces, tend to lean towards larger case sizes. What do you guys think? Is this the future? Are the days of anything under 41mm gone? I know there will always be a market for vintage pieces, no doubt, but just curious on your thoughts.
     
  2. imagwai

    imagwai Nov 14, 2017

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    I think most regulars on this site know my opinion already. But I would tend to agree that Tag Heuer has a propensity these days to not offer anything in "smaller", more traditional case sizes, and that alienates anybody with a smaller wrist. That goes for the reissues as well.

    Who knows whether Tag would have sold more or less watches if they'd issued the new Autavia in 40mm rather than 42mm, although the opinion of most watch enthusiasts seems to be that a size to match the original would have been better (larger wristed people were less bothered, but the fatter bezel was universally hated). Personally, I think they took a great design and produced something good, but not quite as beautiful as the original. Interesting to see that Omega took the opposite view with the 1957 reissues of the Speedmaster, Seamaster and Railmaster, and decided to try and stick as close as possible to the original.
     
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  3. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 14, 2017

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    Personally, I don't mind large sizes, as long as the proportions are right.

    Case and point the proportions of the new Autavia tend to make it look bloated, when compared to the original.
     
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  4. ff1337

    ff1337 Nov 14, 2017

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    Good posts! My take on it is that with larger sizes becoming more and more common, a watch that would look rather large on a smaller wrist wouldn’t draw as much attention due to the fact that it’s more common place to see a larger case on a smaller wrist which would I guess make it en vogue by today’s standards I myself could not go any bigger than 43mm as we have seen lately even that may be considered small these days. In the case of the Autavia, I think it looks great, kind of like a “modern vintage”.
     
  5. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Nov 14, 2017

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    That Autavia looks good on your wrist though.
    Did you get it in the end ?
     
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  6. elbeik

    elbeik Nov 15, 2017

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    I have a very small wrist; so small, all OEM straps have to be replaced with custom ones for a proper fit.
    I do sport two Carreras in 43mm, and enjoy them more than the 1964 re-edition which became a box queen.

    Maybe it's my personal taste and preference, but I do like a timepiece with presence.
     
  7. imagwai

    imagwai Nov 15, 2017

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    Not yet. Currently selling some pieces on the sales forum to make way though, so possibly next year.
     
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  8. imagwai

    imagwai Nov 15, 2017

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    Yes, personal taste is important (As well as one's age, personality and style).

    Personally, I like a watch to look special but not ostentatious, obvious (too big) or bling. In other words it needs to blend tastefully. I want to wear it, not feel like it's wearing me! :)
     
  9. ff1337

    ff1337 Nov 15, 2017

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    Gotta have presence! +1
     
  10. ff1337

    ff1337 Nov 15, 2017

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    Agreed, I wouldn’t want to look like a rapper lol! No offense to any who could possible be on this site, but I’ve not seen any inclination that there are any here.
     
  11. imagwai

    imagwai Nov 15, 2017

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    You insult me and my homies
     
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  12. ff1337

    ff1337 Nov 15, 2017

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    No disrespect lol!
     
  13. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 15, 2017

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    Actually, case sizes seem to be going down a bit industry-wide - the trend for a long time was 44-45mm watches, especially Panerais, but we're beginning to see more watches released in the 38-41mm size. TAG just prefers to go after the kind of market that values contemporary visibility over durable style, and so even their "vintage-inspired" pieces must be upsized.
     
  14. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Nov 16, 2017

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    Trends come and go and some day when everyone demands <39 mm watches TH will be quick to follow that.

    Sometimes I think about what old me will think of my 44mm Steelfish in the future but it doesnt really matter. I love it today and thata what matters.

    Tried the heritage Carrera cal 6 in 39 mm and it felt like a lady watch on my wrist. A couple of years ago 39 mm was big for me, you get used to bigger very quickly.
     
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  15. ff1337

    ff1337 Nov 16, 2017

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    I have to agree, before I bought my 1887 I was going to get a Carrera Calibre 5, while it was a nice watch, the 1887 just had more presence and of course a better movement.
     
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